The cruise beyond the Mediterranean: Spain, Portugal, Morocco

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The cruise beyond the Mediterranean: Spain, Portugal, Morocco

The Mediterranean cruise is not only a journey to Greece, Turkey, Croatia and the Italian coasts, but also un journey to the lands of Ponente. So let's talk about Spain, Portugal, Morocco and why not, also of Canary Islands.



It starts from one of the ports of Liguria or Lazio, to sail to Spain, usually with a stop in the colorful Barcelona of Gaudì, where you can discover his imaginative works, the result of his famous artistic flair.

Park Guell, Barcelona

You can choose whether to visit the Holy Family, Park Guell, Casa Batllo, Casa Milà, Palazzo Guell and the Picasso museum or the streets of the Gothic Quarter, delving into the lively Spanish life to taste some tapas.

You will then continue for a stage ad Alicante located at the foot of a hill in the heart of a large bay and you will spend the day among wonderful beaches, lush parks, large avenues of palm trees and huge squares; or you will stop at Cadiz on the Atlantic, a port city in coastal Andalusia, whose historic center is immersed in the sea that surrounds it. The artisan shops in the center, the clubs with excellent local cuisine, the beaches still in the free state around the city are worth a visit. From here you can also reach it Seville with a rich Arab architectural heritage and numerous World Heritage buildings.



We then find ourselves sailing towards the Portugal discovering Lisbon. A city full of neighborhoods to live in, to immerse yourself in the clubs and shops of Bairro Alto, a colorful neighborhood and a lively expression of its inhabitants and immigrants who have found a home here. Full of terraces and vantage points from which to admire the city, Lisbon is famous for the Bélem Tower. It is full of attractions, from the Sao Jorge Castle, to the Jeronimos Monastery, to the Rossio Square.

Lisbon, Bélem Tower

The following stages touch the lands of Africa, in Morocco between Casablanca and Tangier. The first cosmopolitan and modern, is concentrated between Mohammed V square and the Parc de la Ligue Arabe, to see the Royal Palace surrounded by fountains and Mediterranean gardens. The second, Tangier, is famous for its old quarter, the Medina of Tangier, a labyrinth of alleys full of shops, where one of the richest artisan markets in the city is located.


Casablanca, mosque

The final destination before returning home can be forwarded until Canary Islands or the archipelago of Madeira, where to disembark in Tenerife, Lanzarote or Madeira, among volcanic landscapes, black sand beaches, lush vegetation and blue waters.


Il best time for a cruise in the western Mediterranean Sea runs from April to October, given the good climatic conditions and the scarcity of rainfall in this area of ​​the Mediterranean. Of course, temperatures during the hottest months of July and August, especially in Morocco, could make excursions difficult for some visitors. Also consider, as always, the overcrowding on ships in August.

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